Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 1267–1279 | Cite as

A study on the man-hour prediction system for shipbuilding

  • Minhoe Hur
  • Seung-kyung Lee
  • Bongseok Kim
  • Sungzoon ChoEmail author
  • Dongha Lee
  • Daehyung Lee


In shipbuilding, the man-hour is a unit widely used for production planning, with systematic prediction of man-hour taking greater importance in cost reduction. However, as the man-hours are predicted by experts at shipyards, existing methods have often resulted in incorrect predictions and cost significant amount of time. There have been several attempts made by many researchers to overcome such problems resulting from prediction by experts. Yet, their approaches considered only a limited number of factors such as ship specifications, and were not highly applicable at shipyards. In this study, we propose a system that predicts man-hours with deployable data in different times of manufacturing process and that can be applied in practical shipbuilding. The results demonstrated the possibility that our prediction system could be a good alternative to existing prediction methods.


Man-hour prediction Shipbuilding  Predictive models 



This work (Grants No. 0420-20120062) was supported by Business for Cooperative R&D between Industry, Academy, and Research Institute funded Korea Small and Medium Business Administration in 2012. This work was supported by the Brain Korea 21 PLUS Project in 2013, the National Research Foundation (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2011-0030814). This work was also supported by the Engineering Research Institute of SNU.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Minhoe Hur
    • 1
  • Seung-kyung Lee
    • 1
  • Bongseok Kim
    • 1
  • Sungzoon Cho
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dongha Lee
    • 2
  • Daehyung Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Production System R&D GroupDaewoo Shipbuilding and Marine EngineeringGyeongsangnam-doRepublic of Korea

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